We Are Recording Live Worship
We have ascended the technology curve! We are now offering Live Streaming of our 10:30 AM Sunday services. To see worship as it is happening, just connect to our YouTube Channel "RUMC Live". If you subscribe to that channel, you will be notified whenever new content is available.
For now, you can also view the service at your convenience by finding it here on the RUMC website Home page. The live worship service will be loaded to the website on Sunday evening or early on Monday, and a notification will be broadcast when the service is available for viewing.
Of course, you can continue to attend Sunday morning services in person, although we continue urge caution during this period of pandemic. Our limited re-opening follows the extensive safety guidelines set down by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. And we urge folks with vulnerable health conditions to stay at home and participate via their computer or smart phone.
Folks with an elevated body temperature or who refuse to wear a face mask during the service will not be allowed to participate in our live service. During the service, face masks will be worn without exception. Congregants are urged to bring their own face masks from home, although a quantity of disposable masks will also be made available. Disposable gloves will also be available for anyone who wishes a pair. Before entering the worship area, infrared thermometers will be used to take each congregant’s temperature
Social distancing will be strictly observed. Seating will be on an “every other pew basis”, and families will be encouraged to stay at least six feet away from their closest neighboring families. Due to the potential spread of airborne virus, there will not be any congregational singing allowed during the services, although we will provide praise song videos during the services so that people can appreciate the music.
For the time being, we are re-opening for worship only. We offer a single 10:30 AM service in the sanctuary and no children or adult Sunday school for now. During the service, the bathrooms in the fellowship hall will be open, but the remainder of the campus and the fellowship hall will be closed. No snacks will be served either before or after the service.
Our Spanish-speaking service has been discontinued for now but may restart in the Fall. The campus will continue to be closed for most activities during the week. RESTORE will continue to distribute groceries and Metropolitan Ministry bag lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM until Noon, our AA group will continue to meet on Wednesday mornings, and Dr. Martinez may once again start seeing patients on Saturday mornings. No other meetings or outside groups are scheduled at this time.
We welcome all those you feel confident in participating in worship during this pandemic period. We hope to welcome many long-time and new congregants during the Sundays ahead if and when pandemic conditions improve.
RESTORE Continues in Operation
The RESTORE Food Pantry continues to operate on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 AM until noon. We are currently serving between 120 and 160 families a week out of our facilities. RESTORE not only receives food weekly from Feeding America, but also accepts generous donations and/or financial support from Winn-Dixie, Save-a-Lot, and Publix grocery stores; from our partner South Shore United Methodist Church; from Rice Creek Modular Home Park; and from our ECHO South County neighbor.
Our Thrift Store has been shut down during this pandemic season, and RESTORE cannot collect donations of clothing, furniture, diapers, or garage sale items. We recommend that donations of that kind be routed to the Salvation Army or to Lighthouse Ministries on 78th Street North of Riverview Drive. Similarly, our limited staff cannot accept discarded food items from individual kitchens. Such items can be donated to the Boy Scouts or the Postal Workers during their annual food drives.
Our “Virtual Church” Continues
We continue to gather virtually using the ZOOM application on our computers or smart phones. We are using ZOOM to conduct all our scheduled leadership meetings, and a weekly Wednesday Evening Bible Study on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Our ZOOM Bible Study is exploring the First Epistle of Peter under the guidance of Pastor Louis.
On the website, as always, you will also see a link that will allow you to send in your tithes and offerings electronically; if you prefer to send your tithes and offerings by mail, please send them to:
Riverview First United Methodist Church
8002 U. S. Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578
We have added a Community Bulletin Board to the Website for members of our congregation and community. If you want to let everyone know how you are doing during this pandemic, you are welcome to send a message, and it will be posted on the Community Page Bulletin Board.
Remember – God loves you, and so do we!
Pastor Louis Telcy
PASTOR TELCY CAN BE REACHED IN AN EMERGENCY AT (239)682-7333.